Filthy McNasty's Whiskey Cafe appears, at first sight, to be an Irish bar with a sizeable selection of whiskies as well as Guinness (as you'd expect). But it also has a history of hosting some especially rock 'n' roll gigs as the photos of the Buzzcocks, Primal Scream and the Pogues on the walls attest. It's rumoured that Shane McGowan was once part-owner of the pub (he was certainly great mates with former owner Gerry O'Boyle) and Pete Doherty worked behind the bar. The pub gets packed out with a mix of unkempt youngsters, ageing barflies and weird and wandering individuals. It's pleasant enough inside with its photos of counter culture and music icons and a traffic light in one corner which looks like a set of particularly drunk students have dragged it in. The atmosphere in here is consistently loud and rowdy so expect it to be squashed, beer-drenched and plenty of fun. A lively, no-frills boozer.
Notorious boozer with a history of hosting rock 'n' roll gigs.
68 Amwell Street, Clerkenwell, London, EC1R 1UU
Tube: Angel Station
Top quality Guinness that's ideal for enjoying on St Patrick's Day
105 Stoke Newington Church Street, London, N16 0UD
Tube: Manor House Station
The Guinness in this soothingly dark little Celtic den is nothing short of exceptional. Smooth, bitter, creamy and rich they serve up divine pints of the black stuff. Cavernous with cambered ceilings, this place feels endearingly authentic. A refurbishment has done no end of good without rupturing the age-old Irish artery that pumps Celtic tradition through the pub. Any revellers who step across its hallowed Gaelic threshold will receive one of the warmest welcomes in the capital. Guinness (that's all they expect you to drink) will be poured in its own time and brought to your table unprompted by staff employed to shower sincere smiles on their slightly inebriated patrons.
London's first Irish pub serves Guinness by draught and bottle.
66 Fleet Street, City, London, EC4Y 1HY
Tube: Blackfriars Station
Visit this pub and you'll soon find out it's really not a long way to Tipperary. In fact it's merely a ten minute walk (stumble) from Blackfriars Tube. As London's first Irish pub, there's no better place to guzzle Guinness and toast the friendly folk from the Emerald Isle. Founded in 1700, by Dublin brewer SG Mooney, this lofty, narrow boozer was the first place to sell the black stuff, both bottled and draught. Suffolk's Greene King bought The Tipperary in the 1960s and restored it to its 18th century beauty. The floor mosaic is intricately peppered with shamrocks, while the walls are panelled in a rich dark wood. On both floors the pub is slung with huge mirrors and faded prints of Dublin and Cork. Typically, you'll come across a whole bunch of tourists visiting this charismatic little pub keen to enjoy a tipple in such a historically loaded venue. Not forgetting of course, the handful of Americans who come in every week claiming some sort of vague Irish ancestry.
Excellent Guinness and a fine selection of bottled beers.
65 Kentish Town Road, London, NW1 8NY
At first glance you wouldn't put Quinn's down as an Irish pub - put the name aside and what you have is simply a great pub, not just another soulless Celtic-branded pub, a la O'Neil's. The Irish landlord and the fair smattering of punters from the Western Isle are what makes it Irish and this is reflected by the pleasant, convivial atmosphere. The beer selection will strike you (but not with its Irishness) - a long polished bar stretches away into the distance with over 20 pumps serving beers from all over the place, and possibly the best bottled selection in the Capital. Of course you can get excellent Guinness, but the pub is particularly notable for German and Belgian beers. It gets pretty raucous on St. Patrick's Day, so be prepared.
Go upmarket this St Patrick's Day at London's first Irish cocktail bar.
3 Chapel Market, Islington, London, N1 9EZ
Tube: Angel Station
Retro-trendy, infectiously popular, and staunchly pioneering London's first Irish cocktail bar is a welcome addition to Islington's portfolio of drinking venues. A heady mix of curved lines, rounded corners, and stylishly sharp club graphics, it's a pretty sophisticated little establishment. We love the Celtic wall displays interspersed with images of scantily clad female dancers. However, it's the winning drinks list that really makes the place stand out. You just have to sample the collection of outlandish cocktails designed by famous mixologist Tony Conigliaro of Zuma and Shumi fame. From premium brand spirits like Belvedere and Grey Goose vodka to seriously rare whiskeys such as Kilbeggan, Tyroconnell and Middleton Very Rare, his creations come from the finest ingredients. Be warned, it's incredibly small. Customarily, however, the bar attracts a rather suave, good-looking sort so the intimacy may be rather welcome. Incidentally, the name comes from the Gaelic words 'heart' and 'soul' - not only is that pure genius but it really does say it all.
Live music, rugby and plenty of Guinness are served here on St Patrick's Day weekend.
14-16 Rupert Street, Soho, London, W1D 6DF
Tacky O'Theme Pubs are busy enough on a normal week night, filled with all the office workers chasing a pint and a snog, but come St Patrick's Day they get absolutely rammed to the rafters with jubilant revellers. The parade goes pretty close to this one so it's perfect for a pit-stop. The cavernous interior, spreading across six levels, means it can only maintain a little bubble of atmosphere in each section, as well as a live band upstairs that won't disturb those who just fancy a bit of a blether. Nevertheless, the whole place will be a sea of Guinness, sing-song - with live music from the Bible Code Sundays - and good cheer on the day. On St Patrick's Day itself, 17th March, there's traditional Irish music and GAA games shown all day. There will also be a photo booth to ensure that even after one too many pints you can remember the party. Just one note of caution: make sure you stay close to your friends - this place is massive and easy to get lost in.
Blacks Road, London, W6 9DT
Tube: Hammersmith Station
The Irish Cultural Centre in Hammersmith takes St Patrick's Day very seriously, or at least as seriously as such an euphoric celebration can be. All year round the centre strives to promote Irish culture in London. The venue itself is nothing special, it's a basic unadorned hall, but it's bursting with Celtic atmosphere. Internationally renowned musician Liam O'Connor will also be dropping by on Sunday 17th March for live music. This is energetic stuff which will have the crowds singing and dancing along to celebrate their nation's saint. Authentic atmosphere, traditional music, and cheap drinks - what more could you ask for?
Events at Irish Cultural Centre, Hammersmith
Tuesday 17th December 2013 - 1pm-3pm | Free
Friendly, family pub with Irish entertainment.
76 Salusbury Road, Kilburn, London, NW6 6PA
Tube: Queen's Park Station
This lively, local Irish pub in Queen's Park offers a wide-screen Setanta sports, Irish entertainments and a friendly, family feel. North West London's Irish community come out in force to celebrate their patron saint's day, which means the Corrib Rest is awash with a green-clad mob come 17th March. You can expect live bands enthusiastically twanging guitars and fiddling away right into the night and a showcase of Irish sport on the big screens including hurling and Gaelic football. Wait for the evening to get going when you'll be treated to some wild, full-of-life Irish dancing. This is where the pub scenes in 'Spaced' were filmed, and they chose it because it's a proper, old-style London Irish pub, and a real change from the new gastro places that are springing up all over the area.
13th December 2013
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